Significant finds dating back to pre-Roman times, like those in the villages of Arabona and Vallebona, suggest that Manoppello was settled in ancient time. Nevertheless, the documented origins of the old town can only be traced back as far as the Lombards, with a place name including the word ‘Fara’, and the town’s architectural legacy. Manoppello’s stunning ancient buildings vaunt a repertoire of elegant portals, loggias and balconies were created by master masons. The town’s location, straddling the sheep trail downstream and Mount Majella upstream, involved it in the history of the abbeys of San Liberatore a Majella and San Clemente a Casauria. During the Norman period it was a fief of the Palearia family, who donated the land for the construction of the abbey of Santa Maria Arabona. At the end of the 14th century, Manoppello became the capital of an important county and was given the privilege of minting its own coins. One of the most renowned events, during the 15th century, saw Manoppello besieged by the troops of Braccio da Montone, a mercenary in the pay of Alfonso of Aragon who wanted to conquer L’Aquila.